It is one of the Nilesat’s second generation satellites. It is manufactured by Thales Alenia Space Company. It was launched by Ariane 5 Rocket in 4th of August 2010. Nilesat 201 will replace Nilesat 101 which is expected to terminate its mission in 2013.
It also meets the growing demands for Nilesat space capacities within the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, to maintain Nilesat’s leading position among the regional satellite operators.
Nilesat 201 has 24 Ku-band and 4 ka-band transponders. Its coverage includes MENA region, including the GULF region, and full coverage of Sudan and East of Africa.
The satellite is expected to retire in 2028. It will be replaced by Nilesat 301.